AskDefine | Define encumber

Dictionary Definition

encumber v : hold back [syn: restrain, cumber, constrain]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to load down something with a burden
  2. to restrict or block something with a hindrance or impediment
  3. to add a legal claim or other obligation


to load down
to restrict
to add a legal claim

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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